Stroke awareness among the undergraduate medical students: A questionnaire study

Kumar, Naveen and Jetti, Raghu (2014) Stroke awareness among the undergraduate medical students: A questionnaire study. Research and Reviews: Journal of Medical and Health Sciences, 3 (Supl-3). pp. 73-80. ISSN 2319-9865

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Stroke is a clinical syndrome characterized by rapidly developing symptoms and/or signs of focal and at times global (for patients in coma) loss of cerebral functions. Immediate medical care is essential for better outcome of the condition and for the same proper knowledge in medical students is essential to recognize the condition. Based on these facts, we conducted a questionneria survey among the medical students of MBBS year I.The study subjects consisted of medical students of Melaka Manipal medical college (MMMC). We include the students of 2nd and 3rd year MBBS students, a total of 142 students were involved in the study. A prevalidated questionnaire was used to evaluate it. The questionnaire was distributed to the respective batches and responses were collected on the same day. The data was analyzed using SPSS version 18 and results were expressed in the form of percentage. The chi square test was used to analyze the group and p value <0.05 was considered significant. The study results showed that students were aware of knowledge, signs and symptoms of stroke. The majority of students, know that crushing pain in the chest is not generally a symptom of stroke but more towards symptom of heart attack (P<0.001), know that exercise regularly is the best way to reduce stroke (P<0.001), had the knowledge about high cholesterol and its relation to stroke (P<0.001) and also know how react to in the emergency situation (P<0.001).Our study showed that, majority of medical students aware about the knowledge aspects of the stroke. But few knowledge components were not known by the students. The students were aware of rapid response in case of stroke, including rapid recognition of symptoms and responding to the warning signs to call emergency medical services (EMS.) Proper education programs in terms of various intervention strategies will help the students to learn and apply the same during educating the general population, the diagnosis and the treatment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Stroke; risk factors; awareness; medical college.
Subjects: Medicine > MMMC Manipal > Anatomy
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2014 04:28
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2014 04:28

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